Negligent Shopping Center and Mall Security
Holiday shopping seasons attract large crowds to malls and other retail venues. Because those crowds attract criminals, protect yourself with these tips from the Florida Highway Patrol:
- Don’t walk to your car alone – take a friend along or walk with other shoppers.
- If you are shopping alone and need to reach your car after dark, request that a mall security person accompany you.
- Don’t leave your children unattended.
- Accompany children if they need to go to the restroom.
- Avoid restrooms in remote or isolated locations. Seek out facilities in populated areas such as the mall food court.
Source: Florida Highway Patrol.
Especially during the holidays, shopping centers and malls are alive with people and activities. However, enthusiastic crowds of shoppers may be particularly attractive to criminals who are on the lookout for potential victims. Outside the store areas, criminals may choose to prey on innocent shoppers as they return to their vehicles in parking lots and garages. For muggers, thieves, and other attackers, dimly lit parking areas, mall restrooms, and other locales can provide isolation that sets the stage for attacks. If you or a loved one has been hurt because of lax security in a mall or shopping center, speak with a qualified lawyer about your rights.
At the Hollander Law Firm, residents of Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and other South Florida communities find the knowledgeable and skills of Fort Lauderdale Mall Accident Attorney Gregg Hollander can provide vital assistance in the wake of a serious or fatal incident. For nearly two decades, Attorney Hollander and his staff have delivered on their promise to provide experienced legal representation distinguished by a commitment to personal attention and service.
News stories abound with reports of mall visitors who suffer injury and even death at the hands of troubled or criminal individuals. A holiday shooting at a Nebraska mall in 2007 injured a number of people and took the lives of nine shoppers. Here in Naples, a 2010 incident found a youngster victimized by a sexual predator who concealed himself in a mall’s public restroom.
Merchants and owners of shopping facilities have a duty to provide safe premises for their customers. Making sure that customers have a safe shopping environment could extend beyond simply hiring security personnel. Those employees should be subject to screening and hiring standards appropriate to their positions. In addition, they should have the training they need to perform their jobs diligently and capably.
In these days of concerns about terrorism and other threats to the public, owners and managers of shopping centers and malls also should make an effort to imagine potential risk scenarios, taking time to create emergency action plans and formulating strategies to protect visitors to their properties in the event that those threats become reality.
If you or someone you care about has been mugged, assaulted or harmed otherwise on the premises of a shopping center or mall, you (or they) could suffer both physically and emotionally. You may lose valuable property to a thief. Negligence on the part of the property owner or manager could play a significant role in the injuries you sustain. Attorney Gregg Hollander and his team at the Hollander Law Firm have the resources needed to investigate attacks and to uncover evidence of liability.
When lax security results in harm to you, Gregg Hollander believes you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of medical expense, lost wages, and damaged or stolen property. The Hollander Law Firm has helped thousands of injury victims in West Palm Beach, Naples, Boca Raton, and other South Florida communities. We can help you, too. Our firm’s commitment to tenacious representation for every accident victim we serve means that you’re assured of the full attention of an attorney who takes every case personally. Gregg Hollander’s skills as a negotiator and as a trial lawyer have secured the financial settlements that injury victims need in order to recover and resume their lives.
Whether you’ve been the victim of negligence by mall or shopping center owners, hurt by a drunk or careless driver, harmed by medical malpractice, or injured in any other circumstance, the Hollander Law Firm offers you a free consultation to examine the legal remedies available to you. Call us today to schedule your confidential meeting. If you’re unable to come to us, Attorney Hollander will travel to your home or hospital room. You pay no fees unless our firm makes a financial recovery for you.